Guidelines to Sponsor CME Credits

CME credits may be assigned to a program only by an institutional sponsor accredited for this purpose according to the standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education® (ACCME), either nationally by the ACCME itself or in Oregon by the Oregon Medical Association's Institutional Accreditation Committee. The OMA cannot designate credits or arrange to have them designated because it is not accredited for this purpose. In addition, as a matter of policy, it does not encourage or discourage OMA-accredited sponsors to jointly sponsor programs. Only OMA-accredited programs with a "full accreditation" status may provide joint sponsorships. Providers with "provisional" or "probation" status may not accredit a jointly sponsored program. Information about joint sponsorship at Sacred Heart Medical Center is available here.

ACCME accredits national sponsors such as national specialty societies and medical schools. OMA accredits organizations within Oregon that offer CME primarily intended for physicians in Oregon and contiguous states (as do medical societies in other states for their intrastate sponsors). There is no difference between accredited sponsors based on the accrediting body. The standards are the same and are applied consistently.

Fully accredited sponsors may jointly sponsor such programs and designate CME credit in association with non-accredited sponsors if they wish. They are not obligated to do so. When jointly sponsoring, the accredited organization must be integrally involved in the planning and implementation of the activity in accordance with ACCME Criteria. This requires thorough planning and communication between the accredited and unaccredited organizations.

CME credit may be designated only for programs specifically designed for physicians and intended to prepare physicians to provide better patient care. Programs should focus on clinical medicine. Other, less clinically oriented programs designed to enhance a physician's efficiency or effectiveness may be designated for credit, but those not about patient care cannot. For example, a program about the cost-effectiveness of various hypertension medications could be designated for credit, while a program about accurate procedural coding or retirement planning could not.

If American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) credit is desired, the organization designates their own credit on a course-by-course basis and credit is only valid for AAFP members. Contact the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians at (503) 528-0961 for more information.